The Lodger (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lodger (2009)



Critic Consensus: An accomplished cast can't save a derivative suspense flick that manages to confuse and bore rather than thrill.

Movie Info

Malcolm Slaight arrives at the home of Joe and Ellen Bunting. Ellen is happy to make a little extra money, but also becomes enamored by the charm and eccentricities of this mysterious Lodger. Meanwhile, police detective Chandler Manning begins to track a ruthless killer slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. This killer's methods are identical to that of London's infamous psychopath, Jack the Ripper. This is especially troublesome for Manning because earlier in his career he brought a killer to justice who also mimicked Jack the Ripper. Closing in on the killer, Manning finds himself following a trail that leads to a secluded residence located just off the Sunset Strip--right near the Bunting home.more
Rating: R (for violent content, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Marie Belloc Lowndes, David Ondaatje
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 10, 2009
Samuel Goldwyn Films/IDP - Official Site


Alfred Molina
as Chandler Manning
Simon Baker
as Malcolm
Shane West
as Street
Donal Logue
as Bunting
Philip Baker Hall
as Captain Smith
Mel Harris
as Margaret
John Hammil
as Mayor Grimson
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Dr. Jessica Westmin
Virginia Williams
as Rachel Madison
Paul Joyner
as Detective Rogers
Bert Rosario
as Juan Dantierro
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Critic Reviews for The Lodger

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

The cast works hard to make you believe they believe what the screenwriter tells them to believe. But in the end, it all seems contrived and silly.

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

This strained, empty effort doesn't work as homage or update, and in its darkly violent sensibility has neither the glamour of Brian De Palma's referential nightmares or even the narrative fuel of the serial-killer-obsessed procedurals that dominate tv.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A good cast can't save The Lodger, the utterly wrongheaded fourth movie version of a 1910 novel inspired by Jack the Ripper that was most famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Top Critic

The Lodger is a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to both.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Lodger

Okay thriller, seen better, seen worse.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This is a fairly surprisingly good film with great twists and turns that ive seen in a very long time! its really worth a watch!!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Updated remake of an early Hitchcock thriller about a psychologically unbalanced landlady and her enigmatic tenant. There's also a parallel story about a troubled detective who's on the hunt for a killer whose method bears a striking resemblance to Jack the Ripper. It all unfolds like one of those procedural TV shows, but the story is fairly interesting and suspenseful with just enough stylistic flourishes to keep the viewer interested.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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